A research project funded by the European Commission 
Watertime: special issue of Utilities Policy

The June 2007 issue of Utilities Policy contains a set of specially written articles presenting and analysing some of the key Watertime results.

The text and summaries of these articles are available online through Science Direct at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09571787

Watertime final results: Good Practice Recommendations and Participatory Decision Support System

The final results of the Watertime Project consist of Good Practice Recommendations (GPRs) and a website with a Participatory Decision Support System. The final newsletter gives a user-friendly summary for stakeholders of the Watertime results, and how they can be used.

The Good Practice Recommendations (GPRs) can be used independently (English version) or through the Participatory Decision Support System. The GPRs are available in 21 languages (GPRs complete set, 21 languages)

The Participatory Decision Support System is an interactive website which enables public authorities and others to create projects for public participation in taking decisions on water systems. The tools include  a formal decision aid for ranking options against multiple criteria. The Participatory Decision Support System is available in 21 languages. Select your language with the box in the top right-hand corner of the page.

City in Time book

Watertime's City in Time study  study explores the historical aspects of Watertime's 29 case study cities, looking at the long-term historical consequences of decisions made on these cities' water and sanitation systems. It has now been published as a book.

Petri S. Juuti & Tapio S. Katko (eds), Water, Time and European Cities:History matters for the Futures

A printed version is available: a limited number of copies can be requested from: Dr. Tapio S. Katko, Tampere University of Technology, Box 541, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland.

Case Studies, National and International contexts, City in Time, Analytical Framework,  Synthesis

Watertime's 29 case studies, 13 National Context Reports, City in Time, International and European Context, and the Analytical Framework and Final Synthesis reports are all available from this website. 

The 29 case studies examine decision-making on water systems in 29 European cities, focussing on the last ten to fifteen years, against the background of the National Context Reports: case studies of 29 cities and national context reports . The International and European Context Report examines the background of international factors, including EU legislation and policies, international financial institutions, and the activity of multinational companies. The parallel City in Time study explores the historical aspects of the 29 case studies, looking at the long-term historical consequences of decisions made on these cities' water and sanitation systems. The Final Synthesis collates information from all the studies of the project and analyses the results in accordance with the analytical framework

See  Reports page for overviews and to download the reports, or click on the map below

Watertime Final Workshop
20 February 2006  

The final workshop of the Watertime Project was held at the University of Greenwich on 25th November 2005.  The report and presentations, together with reports and presentations form other workshops, are available at  Watertime workshops including final workshop Greenwich November 2005

November 2004 workshop
Lübeck, Germany: 24th to 27th November 2004

A series of presentations were made by a number of invited speakers, followed by discussions, which included the participation of the steering committee as well as Watertime partners and visiting experts. The topics were planned to address the themes of participation and transparency.

April 2004 workshop
Tampere, Finland: 15th to 17th April 2004

A range of presentations on decision-making from stakeholders and experts provided a valuable contribution to Watertime's understanding of decision-making in practice. Contributions included presentations on a variety of forms of urban water supply management - municipal, private concession, and public-private partnership, as well as on the establishment of a supramunicipal water and sewage company in Finland.

October 2003 workshop
Cordoba, Spain: 1st to 3rd October 2003

Contributions included presentations on participatory decision-making in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the use of participatory budgeting in Cordoba, Spain, as well as presentations from Madrid's water utility, Canal de Isabel II, and Aguas de Barcelona's Agbar Foundation.

April 2003 workshop
Greenwich, UK: 10th to 12th April 2003

The workshop saw presentations from a range of stakeholders (including the UK's water regulator, Ofwat, and the French association of regies, FNCCR), as well as from external experts and from members of WaterTime's Steering Committee.



Watertime final workshop

Greenwich, UK: 25 November 2005


The final newsletter is a user-friendly summary for stakeholders of how to use the watertime results.


Unique overview of water-systems-related EU research projects and links


Information about Watertime in other languages




WaterTime is a research project supported by the European Commission under the
Fifth Framework Programme (FP5)
and contributing to the implementation of the
Key Action 4: City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage,
Thematic Priority 4.1.2: Improving the quality of urban life, within
Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (EESD).


Contract No: EVK4-2002-0095

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